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least 26 were killed in a islamic terrorist attack in Baghdad. The attack occurred in a commercial area and comes at the end of the muslim holiday of ramadan.
BREAKING: Death toll in ISIS-claimed Baghdad car bombing rises to 78, officials say
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Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding 61, according to hospital and police officials.
The bombings came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sundown.
In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 45. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16.
The officials who provided the casualty figures spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in the Karada district in a communique distributed on Telegram and Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadi online activity. The communique said a suicide car bomber targeted Shiites.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing.